Viral Video Of Guy Punching A Kangaroo In The Face Has A Heartbreaking Backstory

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This video is an absolute internet classic.

I’m pretty sure everyone remembers it. The guy in the woods who socked a kangaroo in the jaw after it grabbed his dog?

Yeah, you know what I’m talking about…

This video absolutely exploded online, racking up over 90 million views on the original post and who knows how many millions in reposts. It’s one of the most memorable and craziest videos that the internet has ever seen (outside of all that stuff on LiveLeak…)

I guarantee if you walk into the office tomorrow, go up to a group of people talking before work and say “Hey, do you remember that video of the guy punching a kangaroo?” everyone will start laughing because everyone will know it.

Hell, Shane Gillis even referenced it in his latest stand up special Beautiful Dogs. 

Have to say, his impression is pretty spot on…

Just the video alone is wild enough, but the backstory adds some emotional layers that make the video that much more special.

“A group of hunters got together to help a young cancer sufferer (terminal diagnosis) with his last wish of catching a 100 kg (220 pound) wild boar with his dogs.

One day while hunting one of the highly trained dogs was chasing some pigs by scent and collided with a big buck kangaroo that then held and wrestled the dog by its protective gear (boars have tusks like knives), the owner was horrified that his dog or the kangaroo would get hurt and run in to save both parties.

You can see the dog trying to escape, wanting nothing to do with the kangaroo. The big buck kangaroo releases the dog when the owner gets close but then moves in to try and attack the human.

A kangaroo kick to the guts could easily disembowel the owner easily, so he backs off a couple of times giving the kangaroo some space but he eventually changes the roo’s mind with a punch to the snout, as it kept coming forward.

The punch stops the roo and makes him think about the situation, giving the owner and the dog time to disengage from the big wild animal and leaving it to hop off and I suppose wonder about what just happened.

We laughed at the absurdity of the situation and at how unfortunate it was for the dog and kangaroo. Our 6 foot 7 inch friend felt no malice to the kangaroo but had to step in and fix a bad situation before it got worse.

Young Kailem unfortunately lost his brave battle with cancer two days ago, so this hunt is part of the treasured memories his family and friends have. Having a dog get tangled up with a roo was never our aim or intention and we were happy no animals were hurt in the incident.”

It’s absolutely tragic news that the person this hunt was done for passed away at such a young age from cancer, but knowing he got to witness this scene first hand and is now a part of world history sure is one hell of a way to go out.

RIP to Kailem. These rewatches are for you.

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